LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg As a reader of fairytales, with a particular devotion E.T.A. Hoffmann’s stories, Offenbach’s opera has always exerted a strong pull on my imagination. I approach every production with anticipation – much like a child eagerly awaiting a performance of The Nutcracker, another magical Hoffmann creation. Opening night of LA Opera’s The Tales… Read More LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth approaching in 2018, LA Opera began the celebration with a semi-staged concert performance of Wonderful Town. For the occasion, the orchestra was seated on the stage, flanked by LA Opera Chorus members, with the soloists lining up front and center. What began as a… Read More LA Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Opera: Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With enough Juggling stunts to rival Cirque du Soleil, Philip Glass’s opera, Akhnaten, tumbled into town from London in a new staging co-produced by English National Opera and LA Opera. It was a night to remember, both for its failings and for its strengths. When Glass’s meditation on the life of Akhnaten… Read More Opera: Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Verdi’s Macbeth, interpreted by a consummate conductor and orchestra with magnificent singing from the chorus and principals, made for a powerful night of opera and a brilliant opener to LA Opera’s 2016-17 season. With a narrative rife with the evil machinations of that tortured pair of king-slayers, Lord and Lady Macbeth, Verdi… Read More LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera’s Madame Butterfly at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg In LA Opera’s riveting Madame Butterfly, which penetratingly explored the effects of imperialism in early twentieth century Japan, we have a Butterfly that transcended the domestic and became epic in scope. Ana Maria Martinez as Cio-Cio-San from Madame Butterfly. Photo by Ken Howard for LA Opera Everything in this new production, created… Read More LA Opera’s Madame Butterfly at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Comical, effervescent, and packed with visual stimulation, LA Opera’s The Magic Flute returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday after its acclaimed run here in 2013. From the minds of director Barrie Kosky and the English theater team of Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, and a production of the Komische Oper… Read More LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Picks of the Week: Sept. 21 – 27 in Los Angeles, Oregon, Chicago, New York, London, Copenhagen, Milan and Tokyo.

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – Sept. 23. (Wed.) Laura Dickinson. She’s probably your nine year-old daughter’s favorite singer, her voice familiar from the Disney Channel’s animated hits Phineas and Ferb and Sofia The First. But Dickinson’s vocal skills also include far-reaching jazz abilities, as well. She will offer them in an evening that celebrates… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 21 – 27 in Los Angeles, Oregon, Chicago, New York, London, Copenhagen, Milan and Tokyo.

LA Opera Announces its 2015/16 Season

LA Opera Opens the 2015/16 Season with Gianni Schicchi, Staged by Woody Allen LA Opera’s thirtieth anniversary season opens with the double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci (September 12 through October 3, 2015). Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s general director, will sing the title role in Woody Allen’s staging of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. The opera… Read More LA Opera Announces its 2015/16 Season

Opera: UCLA Opera’s “The Two Figaros” at Freud Playhouse

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles is in the midst of a citywide celebration of all things Figaro. Courtesy of the LA Opera we have The Ghosts of Versailles, soon to be followed by The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Even LA Theaterworks jumped into the mix with a semi-staged production of The… Read More Opera: UCLA Opera’s “The Two Figaros” at Freud Playhouse